Startup CTO for Growth
Sharing experience and knowledge is my real passion.
What I love the most is to share a point of view, not specifically in a top-down manner, but more about what works and what doesn’t, and about always being willing to learn from other people’s experiences.
Every piece of content you’ll find here has been created based on a real situation.
I love my job. But in the startup business, there is a tendency of throwing words around without actually backing them up. This is the case with a lot of founders trying to attract investors by claiming to be innovative and groundbreaking, but they don’t seem to know what that is or what it takes to earn that descriptor in this day and age. However, I do. Making startups truly innovative is my bread and butter, so let’s see what innovation really means for a startup.read more
We all know that building a startup is pretty much investing. I would love to say that it’s not all about money, but we all know money plays a huge part of it. That’s why it’s astounding the sheer number of people I’ve encountered that are looking for developers to build first versions, without really knowing how much everything costs. So today I’m going to give you a rough estimate and a little extra information on the cost of financing each stage of your startup.read more
Last week I worked with a startup that’s considering using blockchain to provide reliable proof of transaction. A lot of startups are looking into this option, most of them following a marketplace model where people can buy stuff from each other, and they just have to sign up to a website to get connected. But the truth is, although it is useful, blockchain is not necessary to build a marketplace. Even so, a marketplace platform isn’t the only scenario where startups could benefit from the use of this technology. Let’s talk about how using blockchain for your startup can give it the boost it needs.read more
Building a startup is an exciting adventure. It comes with risks, but also with great potential rewards. Stepping into this world can be intimidating, especially if you’re not sure what you can and cannot do to make a living out of it. The truth is that the internet has become a huge worldwide marketplace, so those who want to satisfy a need through a digital solution these days prefer building an app. Today we’re tackling what you can sell in an app and under which circumstances.read more
Startup environments are ever-changing, just like technology. This makes building a tech startup one of—if not the most—exciting business ventures out there. Nevertheless, building a tech startup requires staying on top of things—being informed of every new technology and application. So today I want to focus on progressive apps and how this new way of developing solutions might be a lifesaver for startup founders.read more
There’s a lot of hesitation in startup founders when the subject of frameworks comes up, and it’s mostly fueled by ignorance. A startup founder’s time is valuable, and they have to invest it wisely—which is why today I’m explaining what frameworks are, and how they are totally worth your time. Let’s get ready to boost your development’s productivity, and save tons of time and money.read more
Last week’s post was all about facing the challenge of writing your own startup’s technical specifications, and why the founder is the best person for the job. If you haven’t already, go ahead and read it. Today we are jumping right into what your Technical Specifications should actually contain. Keep in mind that this document will be used to hire developers and designers, so it will be the blueprint for every member on your technical team. Without further ado, let’s get started!read more
I have come across many entrepreneurs and tech startup founders in my career, and I repeatedly encounter the type that wants to forget all about technical specifications—building the roadmap, defining features and choosing technologies—and just focus on his customers from the get go. I want to explain today why writing technical specifications for your own startup is, in fact, putting your best foot forward.read more
I recently coached yet another startup, and the founder was wondering if the lead developer could become the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of his company. For a lot of founders, this makes a lot of sense since they’ve already built a business relationship with this person and know that they work well together. However, a great developer will not necessarily become a great CTO. To determine if your employee or co-founder can handle the new responsibilities, evaluate them on these four skills.read more
I come across this question quite often, but it came up most recently when working with one particular startup founder. He started by sharing his very promising idea with one developer, the one who created the first version of his app. As his business took off, he began to work with several developers. And that’s where he noticed the discrepancies between the timelines and prices they each offered. This is not rare, so today we’re going to break down how to make sure you are charged a fair price by your developer.read more
I was working with a startup that was just a few weeks away from their launch, and I noticed they were a bit confused regarding where they should release the app. This is not uncommon—test environments for demo applications is a confusing topic, especially for people who don’t deal with software development on a daily basis. So, I’ve decided to dedicate a full article to explaining everything a startup founder needs to know about test environments.read more
Startups are a unique and delicate type of business. Startup founders need to go through a minefield just to get to the growth stage, which in turn comes with its own challenges. One of the most common ones, caused by the constant flux of employees and need for new helping hands, is knowledge management. We need to do our best to avoid losing knowledge, we simply can’t afford it. So, today I’m sharing with you my own techniques for knowledge management.read more
Everybody wants to be happy. Developers are not the exception. And as an employer, it should also be your priority to keep your employees and freelancers satisfied. Happy people make the most efficient and creative workers; and those who are best at what they do earn the luxury of taking risks for the sake of their own happiness. That’s the real power of remote management as a startup: getting A+ people from all over the world, the best in their fields, willing to build your dream with you. So, what can you offer in exchange? That’s what we’re learning today.read more
To be honest, it has been a while since I’ve seen startups being built truly remotely. Most of those that try, definitely lose some efficiency in the process. You see, when the developer is working in the same office you are, you could literally look over his shoulder every step of the way, if you wanted to. Managing a startup remotely takes that control away from you, and you’re left without the advantage of regular-office dynamics and hierarchy. It can be quite intimidating if you don’t know exactly how to handle it. But luckily for you, that’s exactly what I’m going to cover today.read more
Building a startup can be challenging, but wanting to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) to that endeavor makes it a daunting experience. Especially at the beginning—since startups usually lack in-house developers and the capital necessary to tackle such complicated projects. But not to worry, today we’re breaking down how to integrate and build AI as a startup.read more
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